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    St. Louis, MO
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    Leathercraft, vintage bicycles and my family.

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  1. Advice.

    I've observed the same thing. Just search topics from 5 years ago and you are amazed how many "regulars" have gone. Go back further and most all the names you see don't participate anymore. I have backed off at times myself. Life gets in the way sometimes.
  2. If I were you I would glue it and then install the Chicago screws and leave it be. It will suffice. Try it and you be the judge.
  3. Advice.

    I agree. I don't tool so don't offer any advice or suggestions. I weigh in on stitching questions because I have acquired a level of consistency that I feel I can at least help folks on the basics. I also suggest they watch Nigel Armitage and Ian Atkinson demonstrate on their various youtube videos. Probably my biggest contribution! One thing that I see opinions on is using pricking irons and awl versus stitching chisels. There are proponents on both sides of the spectrum. I'm in the middle somewhere, meaning I use chisels mostly but definitely use my awl at times and if I need to can complete a project that way. I just choose not to on most items. To me it is not either or, but just a comfort level thing. I think some who eschew the use of diamond chisels have never tried them. If they did, like Nigel, they would see the inherent power in the tool. Some would say advantages, I will suffice to say power because I believe for some projects they can contribute a lot. Good topic!
  4. Decorative stitching in silk thread

    Thanks for sharing the link to your Pinterest board. Very nice collection of decorative stitching and when I clicked on one of the examples it brought up a ton of cool ideas on small leather goods and gadgets such as cord (ear bud) holders and the like. My opinion is that adding a bit of flair is always nice so long as it is appropriate for the item in question. In other words, sometimes less is more and the item would suffer from adding superfluous adornments. But at times a piece can be made to pop with the addition of something out of the ordinary. Sometimes that is a unique inlay, sometimes it is a color contrast and sometimes it is decorative stitching. What I would urge Alexis to do is to explore a "look" and to consider adopting it and incorporating it whenever it makes sense. In that way you establish your "brand" and there is continuity from item to item. Regarding silk, remember you said old journals. Maybe back then colors were mainly to be found in silk whereas these days you can get linen in any color under the sun probably. So whether linen or silk, you can do what you need with either one I suppose. I'm not a thread historian. Is that even a thing? lol, good luck.
  5. My first real "bag" a toiletry bag

    I like how you added leather backing to the zipper. Many folks don't do that but I always do. Might be unnecesary but it makes me feel better so I do it. I liked the numbers on the bottom. When I see that type of thing it captures my interest. I would say you are ready to attempt a briefcase or such. Good luck!
  6. The stitching could stop at the screws. No need to go past them as it would add little. Or skip the stitching altogether and just move two of the screws higher.
  7. How about two vertical stitching lines spaced 1/2" apart just to keep the leather tight there? This way the stress is going "against" the line of stitching.
  8. Yes, by definition any time you cut a hole in something it weakens it and possibly compromises the strength. Think of it this way, when you get a paper check, the paper is typically perforated in a dashed fashion to make it easy to tear where you want it to. Kind of what is going on here, right? But an equally important question is how much is the strength reduced and is it enough to cause failure? I think that will be problematic in the long run, especially if it is flexed repeatedly. If it is just going to hang there, maybe it isn't a big deal but then I would ask, if it isn't there to reduce stress or keep the leather together do you need it anyway? The fact that it is 8oz. leather helps some. Maybe go down to 5 spi? Just some thoughts.
  9. Boxed corners on a duffle/weekender

    I appreciate the comment. My son is away at college and needed a large computer bag. He has a gaming laptop which is a little over 17" I believe. It has held up great for the last 3 years. Rugged was a necessity. The clasp is holding up great and that was the main thing I thought I would need to replace.
  10. Boxed corners on a duffle/weekender

    Here is said bag. You can see the thickness inside. This is buffalo culatta from Springfield Leather.
  11. Boxed corners on a duffle/weekender

    5/6 oz. leather is fine especially if it is a decent sized bag. I did a mailbag style briefcase for my son in that weight. It was a combination turned out and exterior stitched bag and while it wasn't a walk in the park, it was doable.
  12. First attempt at copper rivet

    There are youtube videos demonstrating various techniques. What I do is cut the rivet as close as possible then use the doming part of the setting tool to mash it down some. I then tap all the way around to dome it even more. Sometimes that is good enough, sometimes I finish off with the doming tool again. Copper is reasonable soft and if you get too aggressive you can bend the burr as you have discovered. BTW, my pliers can snip qute close. If yours do not, and you have access to a Dremel tool with a cutting wheel you can get really close with that. I think 1/16" to 1/8" is fine though and sounds like your pliers can achieve that.
  13. First try, and thank you

    You bring up a good point. When I looked at the holster I mainly saw stamping and yes, I sometimes stamp after I apply the dye. But carving is obviously different if you cut deep enough to expose flesh where the dye didn't penetrate. In that case you would dye after. If doing a wallet with carving on the exterior then it would be appropriate to dye it after you are finished, but the interior could be dyed prior to cutting to maintain size and shape.
  14. First try, and thank you

    Awesome! Best part is the camaraderie and the bonding time. When things don't go so great you can both learn together. When things go right you can celebrate together! Only thing I will say is I typically dye first, then cut out my shapes, but it worked for you on this project. On wallets and such, with smaller pieces, you can get shrinkage after dyeing and sometimes it messes up your project. For that reason I always do it first, then buff it out with carnauba creme or similar and then lay out my templates or whatever.